The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is back, celebrating its 30th year. And the expanded GLOW Light Show, also at the NYBG, is a newer holiday feature that visitors can enjoy on select nights. Learn more about these holiday traditions for New York residents and visitors of all ages, and […]
Category: Big Kid
We know you probably hear this all the time, but don’t kids grow up so fast!? One minute you’re worrying that your baby will never sleep through the night and may very well go to school without being potty trained and the next minute, they’re all grown up (which brings its own set of challenges!). Don’t worry because on our national blog you’ll find information fostering positive friendships, healthy eating habits, language and developmental delays, protecting your children from predators, reinforcing learning, here you’ll also find information on the kindergarten admissions process, the ERB’s, after school activities, things to do on the weekends and more!
Shimmering Solstice Light Show at Old Westbury Gardens
Bundle up the little ones! Old Westbury Gardens on Long Island is welcoming visitors of all ages to enjoy its first-of-its kind holiday light show. Shimmering Solstice opens November 20 and runs through January 9. Tickets are on sale now. The light show is presented by Catholic Health.
How to Encourage Reading for Pleasure
Reading for pleasure is an acquired skill; most children need to be taught to appreciate reading for fun. While some children enjoy reading as soon as they learn how (even before that, if they are read to), others are hesitant. Reluctant readers are typically reluctant because they struggle with the mechanics of decoding and comprehension, […]
How to Reassure Your Kids That It’s Safe to Go Out
Most kids will have some natural hesitations—about parents going back to work, about the safety of playdates, about returning to camp or school. Talk to your kids about the risks of returning to some places and the rules of your area as you begin to go back out again.
7 Leadership Skills Kids Need to Be Successful in the Future
Leadership skills are the most sought after by employers, and certain after-school programs can help prepare your child to be a successful adult. It is essential to teach students how to take the initiative and adapt to new circumstances, how to communicate effectively, and how to negotiate and resolve conflict in a way that builds and bolsters sustainable, stable relationships.
What You Need to Know about Swimming in Backyard Pools This Summer
Like any outdoor activity, there is a certain amount of risk in swimming in backyard pools due to the coronavirus. Should you choose to take it, here’s how you can do so as safely as possible. While public swimming pools are closed throughout New York State and new restrictions and guidelines were set for visiting beaches during […]
Sensory Friendly Tips to Prepare Your Child for Season Changes
If you have a child with sensory processing disorder (SPD) or a highly sensitive temperament, you know change can wreak havoc on your family’s harmony. Environmental triggers can cause behavioral meltdowns, and if you aren’t prepared, you could feel like you’re losing the parenting game. Young kids often lack the vocabulary to explain what bothers […]
A Parent’s Guide to Choosing a Summer Camp
There are a lot of steps in finding the right camp for your child. Doing it right will exhaust you and give you the best chance of finding the right spot for your child this summer… and for many others afterward.
7 Ways to Throw Birthday Celebrations for Kids While Social Distancing
You had planned a fierce laser tag birthday party with fifteen kids dressed in ninja costumes, or maybe you were going mellow with a movie and cake. Whatever birthday plans were in the works were sadly canceled this year due to the coronavirus.
Watch out for These 8 Hidden Home Dangers in NYC Apartments
For New York City families, looking for a new home is no easy task; it’s one of biggest decisions and financial commitments you’ll make.